Kansas City Public Library 39.1027° N -94.5839° W

Description

We are a doorway to knowledge for the Kansas City community.

Our offerings include a variety of experiences that support educators, parents, and lifelong learners at home, in the classroom, or in-person.

Have an unusual learning goal? We want to help you meet it. Contact us through the "custom experiences" option and we'll get to work designing a learning experience tailored to your needs.

COVID-19 Notice

Group visits are not available at this time. In their place, we're offering a slate of virtual experiences with library staff. See our experience listing for details.


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14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105

+1 816-701-3447

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Subjects
History, Social Studies, Government & Civics, Writing, Research, Cultural Connections, My Community, Arts, Reading, Music, Choral Music, Speaking & Listening, Folktales, Non Fiction, Westward Expansion, Informational Texts, Literature, Primary Sources, Myths & Legends, Poetry
Activities
Live Virtual Event, Field Trip, Planetarium
Grades
3 5, 6 8, 9 12, Postsecondary, K 2, Adult, Preschool
Cost
Accommodations
Outdoor Lunch Space, Cafeteria

Learning Experiences

Live Virtual Event

National History Day Kick-Off

Jump-start your student's participation in National History Day with this virtual learning experience.

Matt Reeves - Special Collections Librarian, history PhD, and experienced National History Day Judge - will join your class and lead students through a lesson plan that introduces National History Day and explores this year's prompt.

By the end of the experience, students will understand the purpose of National History Day research projects, be able to explain the prompt, and have brainstormed three research topics that they could use as a foundation for a National History Day project.

This experience combines lectures and small group activities. Library staff have access to a Zoom account to facilitate screen sharing and breakout groups, but are also open to other platforms that schools may provide.

Subjects Covered

history, social studies

Grades
6-8, 9-12
Capacity
40 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
45 min.
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Researching History Online

There are millions of sources online. How should students get started? What are they looking for and how will they know what they're looking at?

Join historian, special collections librarian, and educator Matt Reeves for a live overview of researching materials online. This soup-to-nuts overview starts with formatting a research question and covers identifying and assessing primary and secondary sources online. By combining lecturettes with small group working sessions, students will learn hands-on where to find materials and how to evaluate those materials.

This session is particularly useful for student groups starting research projects and can be tailored to specific project and source materials. Some typically useful primary source collections are the Internet Archive, the Chronicling America Project at the Library of Congress, and the Missouri Valley Room's own KCHistory.org.

Library staff can facilitate using Zoom, or participate through your preferred learning platform.

Subjects Covered

history, social studies, research

Grades
3-5, 6-8, 9-12, postsecondary
Capacity
40 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
45 min.
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Asynchronous Video Request

Got a learning need? Want a brief instructional video that you can pair with an exercise? Contact us and we'll work with you to curate content and create an inquiry-based lesson plan that you can deliver and facilitate.

Subjects Covered

history, social studies, government & civics, writing, research

Grades
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Capacity
100 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
15 min.
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Introducing: the Archive!

Archives are here for students, researchers, and the public. But there's often a disconnect between our efforts to offer materials and student perceptions and awareness of the archives.

Staff will introduce the concept of an archive in a brief lecturette, then lead students through a series of small group activities to practice searching and accessing online archives to find primary source documents.

Staff can facilitate this lesson through our library Zoom account, We can also join using school provided platforms.

Subjects Covered

history, social studies, research

Grades
6-8, 9-12, postsecondary
Capacity
40 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
45 min.
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Customizable Historian Virtual Visit

Have an idea for a lesson plan or collaboration that isn't listed here? Sign up for a time and reach out to us with desired learning outcomes. We'll brainstorm activities and assessments and come up with a change of pace experience for your class.

Subjects Covered

history, social studies, writing, research

Grades
k-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Capacity
40 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
50 min.
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Field Trip

Planetarium